PICS: 20+ New accommodation units set to open in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

2016-05-05 11:30 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town - The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is set to gain more than 20 new accommodation units and camping sites, following the Minister of Environmental Affairs' approved for construction plans.

Nadia Lemmetuis for the park says, "An influx of visitors to Kgalagadi resulted in the decision to add more units to the rest and wilderness camps in the park."

Following appeals for developments at Nossob, one of the three rest camps in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the revamps and new accommodation options are set for completion by February 2017. 


(Nossob Bird Hide)

The developments entail 10 additional riverfront units, four units with four beds and six units with two beds.

The development of 10 luxury campsites was also approved. This means that each campsite will have its own ablution facility and kitchenette.

The two additional units at Urikaruus and Kieliekrankie respectively, are almost complete, Lemmetuis says.

"Soon these wilderness camps will each have five units. The inclusion of wilderness camps and 4x4 trails allow for a more intimate engagement with remoter regions of the park that was formerly out of bounds," she says. 


(Kieliekrankie)


(Urikaruus)


(Urikaruus)

The expansions and renovations of two riverfront chalets at Mata Mata, a brand new shop and ablution block were also completed last year.


(Mata Mata Bird Hide)

The waterhole at Grootkolk has also been moved from a spot under a tree to a more central spot closer to the units. The waterhole is now visible from all four units. Two new bird hides were erected at Mata Mata and Nossob Rest Camps.

One night's stay in the Mata Mata rest camp costs around from R875 to R1 500 for a chalet, and R2 500 for a river facing chalet. Camping costs R290. 

At Nossob rest camp, a family chalet costs R1 500, while the guest house costs about R1 800 for one night. 

Kieliekrankie and Urikaruus Wilderness Camps' base rate is R1 510 per cabin. 
 
If you are heading to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the next three months, you best stock up on petrol. 

The park sent out an alert saying they are working with Total South Africa to initiate a process to upgrade Filling Stations in the Park. "A contractor has been appointed to start with the work on the Filling Station at Twee Rivieren, staring 3 May 2016," the park says. 

The upgrade will include the replacement of the underground fuel tanks, driveway, water drainage system and fuel pumps, and will be executed over a period of three months with construction work to take place daily between 08:00 and 16:30 from Mondays to Saturdays.

During this process the fuel station will only sell diesel fuel from a temporary above ground supply tank that will be situated in the camp reception area. 

It is not possible to store and sell unleaded petrol from a similar tank system, hence the park's request for visitors to fill up their vehicles on route to the park at Askham, situated ±74km’s from the park on the R360. 

Diesel and Unleaded fuel will be available at the other two main camps, Mata Mata and Nossob. 


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